Go Red This February!

February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 11:33 PM EDT

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February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 11:33 PM EDT


Do you know what your cholesterol numbers are? What about your blood pressure? When was the last time you had a yearly check-up with your doctor?

If these questions stump you, it's time to make some changes. No matter how old you are.

February is Heart Month. A time when the American Heart Association raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in this country.

The AHA also kicks off its Go Red For Women Movement. A campaign to educate women about heart health. A woman suffers a heart attack every 60 seconds in the United States, and it can strike at any age. Many of these women don't know their risk factors and often ignore symptoms.

What puts you at risk for heart attack or stroke? High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, family history, inactivity and obesity.

Almost all of those risk factors can be prevented or treated. So, what's stopping you? Learn your numbers and take care of yourself. Put an end to the staggering statistics and lead a heart healthy life!

For more information, head to the American Heart Association website: www.heart.org